2 September 2013

Layering Reality: the Right to Mask – a Gathering Scenography Symposium

Layering Reality: the Right to Mask – a Gathering
Scenography Symposium
October 31 to November 1, 2013
Prague, Czech Republic
Registration deadline: September 5, 2013

Are you interested in scenography, design and theatre in its wider social context? The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space invites you to a symposium for practitioners and theorists that will examine use of performance design in theatre and beyond in order to question and reclaim the place of the invisible, the imaginary and the theatrical in our lives. This symposium is part of the beginning phase of the Prague Quadrennial’s long-term exploration within the SharedSpace: Music Weather Politics 2013 / 2016 project. 
Mask will be explored in a wider sense – to include a variety of covering and uncovering of body and space in performance. The aim of the symposium is to map the variety of practices of masking that exist in contemporary performance as well as their use within performance. The symposium will include longer and shorter presentations, discussions, and at least one party.
We invite proposals for presentations of primarily practical as well as theoretical examples from or connected to contemporary theatre, performance, performance art and installation questioning variety of practices of masking (and unmasking) and layering reality.
In this first ever masked symposium (speakers and audiences are strongly advised to wear masks) we will discuss masking while practicing it. Topics will include:  
– Layering reality
–  Masking/ Revealing
– Covering space
– Full body mask
– Costume as performance 
– Scenography as uncovering, showing, discovering space
– Masking through sound or lighting
– Masking as a dramaturgical, narrative or conceptual tool
– Mask as a temporary autonomous zone
– The transformative power of masking

Conveners: Sodja Lotker, Maaike Bleeker and Julian Hetzel
Please send your proposal by September 5, 2013 through our registration form or via email. 
The proposal should include a max. 300 word abstract and a short bio. Practitioners should also include (max.) 2 images of their work, if applicable.
You may register HERE.

Date of the symposium: October 31 to November 1, 2013
Registration deadline: September 5, 2013
Studio Hrdinů, National Gallery Prague
Kostelní 6
170 00 Prague 7
Czech Republic.

Contact: Prague Quadrennial
Arts and Theatre Institute
Celetná 17
110 00 Prague 1
Czech Republic

For more information contact: Anna Friedländer, , +420 224 809 102

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